Video: Persons of Interest in Raphael Ward Murder

Today police have released security camera video they say shows “persons of interest” wanted for questioning in Friday night’s murder of 16-year old Raphael Ward on Columbia Street.  The video, recorded a short before the fatal shooting, shows four young men inside a deli at 49 Columbia Street.

According to the New York Times, the NYPD is declining to elaborate about the roles of these four, saying only “we want to speak to these people.”   Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

Sketch Released of Suspect in East River Park Attack


Police have released a sketch of the suspect they’re looking for in Thursday’s midday assault of a woman in East River Park.  The man came up behind he 42-year old jogger, pushed her to the ground and tried to rip off her clothes. The woman fought back, screamed and the suspect ran away. She was taken to the hospital but was not seriously injured.

Police think the suspect is a light skinned Latino or black man between the ages of 18 and 25.  At the time of the attack, he was wearing a grey hoodie and green sweatpants. The incident happened at around noon near East Houston Street.

If you can help find this man call Crimestoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

Burglar Stole $20,000 in Jewels and Electronics From Suffolk Street Apartment

Screen grab from surveillance video.

In this morning’s police blotter in the Post, there’s news of a burglary on Suffolk Street.

It happened February 10th, at about 1:45 p.m. The NYPD says the suspect swiped as much as $20,000 in jewelry and electronic equipment from an apartment on Suffolk, near Stanton Street.  The suspect is described as being about 5-foot-9, around 180 pounds.

If you have info, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477).  Or you can send a text to 274637 (CRIMES) – enter “TIP577.”

Follow-up: Attempted Rape on Hester Street

Yesterday morning we posted this surveillance video, which Police say shows the suspect in an attempted sexual assault of a 12 year old girl earlier this week.  At around 6pm on Monday, the girl heard banging on the door of her apartment building, on Hester Street. She let the man inside, police say, and he followed her up to the third floor stairwell.  The suspect ran away before the girl was hurt.

We’re re-posting the video now, at the request of City Councilmember Margaret Chin. After being briefed on the case by the NYPD, she released a statement yesterday saying:

“Keeping our children safe should be every community’s number one priority. I urge parents, grandparents, and adult caregivers to sit down and talk to their children about the importance of never buzzing up or opening the door to let a stranger — or anyone — into the building.”

The suspect is described as white man age 25-30, 5’9″ tall, 175 lbs, and was last seen wearing a blue jacket, brown pants and a gray hat. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. You can also submit your tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting your tips to 274637(CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.